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Griezmann: I stayed for Simeone but don't need to follow him out

19:14 GMT 25/11/2016
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The France international has been linked to a move away from the Vicente Calderon, but he sees no reason to leave, even if Diego Simeone departs in the near future

Antoine Griezmann has admitted he considered leaving Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, but feels he does not need to find a new club in order to improve.

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The France international has been highly coveted thanks to his exemplary performances for the capital club, having scored 22 goals in 38 league games last season, with another seven coming in 13 Champions League appearances as Atleti made it to the final before losing to Real Madrid.

Griezmann has linked with clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United over the past few months and he admits he briefly thought about seeking a transfer amid reports Diego Simeone could leave the Vicente Calderon.

However, the head coach quickly assured Griezmann he would stay put, convincing the 25-year-old to remain at Atletico as well.

"I had some doubts [about my future at Atletico Madrid] last summer when there were reports Simeone could leave," Griezmann told GQ.

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"I called him and he told me that he would stay. So I stayed as well. I have a lot of respect for him and feel that he believes in me. I need to stay with him and work for him a bit more.

"But that does not necessarily mean I would follow him if he leaves Atletico.

"My team-mates here really appreciate me. I have reached this level thanks to them. I get better every week. I need them and I love playing for Atletico. I do not think I need to move to reach the next level."

Reports from France have suggested PSG could make a move for Griezmann at the end of the season, but the prolific forward has made it clear he is not interested in a move to Ligue 1.

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"A move to Ligue 1 is not my goal at this stage," he stressed.

"Maybe later. But I love Spain."